15-year-old Nidhi Surapaneni, who had a trail-blazing AITA debut in Gwalior on Saturday with her stellar performances in the Road to Wimbledon event in New Delhi
It has been a wonderful outing for Nidhi, who raised the level of her game by several notches once she made it to the knockout stage of the Amity University (AU) sponsored Rs 2.5 lakh women's tournament, which she won, according to reports received. Nidhi scalped third seeded Moulika Ram with 7-6(7-4), 5-7, 6-2 in the pre-quarterfinals.
To prove that it was no case of isolated brilliance, she stunned the top seeded Akshara Iska while coming back from a second set loss for a 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 semifinal conquest. She was also tested in the final by the other surprise player, Asha Nandkumar before clinching the title with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 verdict.